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How to Pray the Rosary

The Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tradition affirms that St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, was inspired to preach the Rosary devotion to the people, as a powerful weapon in the spiritual war against the Albigensian heresy. This blessed formula of prayer unites to the repetition of the Angelic Salutation and the Lord's Prayer, a devout consideration of the principal events in the Life of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother.

"Whatever you ask through the Rosary shall be granted."
Promise of Our Lady to St. Dominic.
Innumerable benefits have been conferred on mankind through the Rosary. The hope of the Christian world in its war against communism finds its confirmation in the rapid development of the Rosary Crusade the beginnings of which can be seen in Mary's apparition to Bernadette at Lourdes in 1858. In 1883 the great Pope Leo XIII issued the first of twelve encyclicals which were devoted exclusively to explaining and recommending the Rosary. According to him, the Rosary is "one of the most beautiful manifestations of the spirit of prayer," "the cue to the order of faith and the perfect beauty of the devotion due to Mary," "a résumé of the Gospel," "the surest way to interest Mary in the unity of the Church," in brief "a most excellent manner of praying." He desired to see the Rosary in the hands of every Catholic.

Follow the sequence of prayers below when praying a five decade Rosary. When the hands are occupied (driving a car, etc.) the indulgences for saying the Rosary may be gained as long as the beads are on one's person.

  1. Make the Sign of the Cross (On the Crucifix)
  2. Pray the Prayer before the Rosary (On the Crucifix)
  3. Pray The Apostles Creed (On the Crucifix)
  4. Pray 1 Our Father (first bead)
  5. Pray 3 Hail Mary's (next 3 beads)
  6. Pray the Glory Be to the Father (bead 5)
  7. Announce the First Mystery for that day (bead 5)
  8. Pray 1 Our Father (bead 5)
  9. Pray 10 Hail Mary's (next 10 beads, and so on)
  10. Pray the Glory Be to the Father
  11. Pray the Fatima Prayer
  12. Announce the Second Mystery for that day
  13. Pray 1 Our Father
  14. Pray 10 Hail Mary's (second set of 10 beads)
  15. Pray the Glory Be to the Father
  16. Pray the Fatima Prayer
  17. Announce the Third Mystery for that day
  18. Pray 1 Our Father
  19. Pray 10 Hail Mary's (third set of 10 beads)
  20. Pray the Glory Be to the Father
  21. Pray the Fatima Prayer
  22. Announce the Fourth Mystery for that day
  23. Pray 1 Our Father
  24. Pray 10 Hail Mary's (fourth set of 10 beads)
  25. Pray the Glory Be to the Father
  26. Pray the Fatima Prayer
  27. Announce the Fifth Mystery for that day
  28. Pray 1 Our Father
  29. Pray 10 Hail Mary's (fifth set of 10 beads)
  30. Pray the Glory Be to the Father
  31. Pray the Fatima Prayer
  32. On the center piece, Pray the Hail Holy Queen
  33. Conclude by Praying the Prayer After The Rosary and make the Sign of the Cross with the crucifix

The Mysteries Of the Rosary

Joyful Mysteries
Said on Mondays, and Saturday, and the Sundays of Advent, and Sunday from Epiphany until Lent

Sorrowful Mysteries
Said on Tuesdays, Fridays throughout the year; and daily from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday

Glorious Mysteries
Said on Wednesdays, and the Sundays from Easter until Advent.

Luminous Mysteries
Said on Thursdays

First Mystery

The Annunciation.....First Joyful Mystery
I desire the Love of Humility
Think of the humility of the Blessed Virgin when the Angel Gabriel greeted her with these words: "Hail full of grace."

Agony in the Garden.....First Sorrowful Mystery
I Desire True Repentance for My Sins
Think of Our Lord Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemani, suffering a bitter agony for our sins.

The Resurrection.....First Glorious Mystery
I Desire a Strong Faith
Think of Christ's glorious triumph when, on the third day after His death, He arose from the tomb and for forty days appeared to His Blessed Mother and to His disciples.

The Baptism of Jesus.....First Luminous Mystery
I desire to be open to the Holy Spirit

Second Mystery

The Visitation.....Second Joyful Mystery
I Desire Charity toward My Neighbor
Think of Mary's charity in visiting her cousin Elizabeth and remaining with her for three months before the birth of John the Baptist.

Scourging At the Pillar.....Second Sorrowful Mystery
I Desire a Spirit of Mortification
Think of the cruel scourging at the pillar that our Lord suffered; the heavy blows that tore His flesh.

The Ascension.....Second Glorious Mystery
I Desire the Virtue of Hope
Think of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, forty days after His glorious Resurrection, in the presence of Mary and His disciples.

The Wedding at Cana.....Second Luminous Mystery
To Jesus through Mary

Third Mystery

The Nativity.....Third Joyful Mystery
I Desire the Love of God
Think of the poverty, so lovingly accepted by Mary when she placed the Infant Jesus, our God and Redeemer, in a manger in the stable of Bethlehem.

Crowning With Thorns.....Third Sorrowful Mystery
I Desire Moral Courage
Think of the crown of sharp thorns that was forced upon our Lord's sacred Head and the patience with which He endured the pain for our sins.

The Descent of the Holy Spirit.....Third Glorious Mystery
I Desire Zeal for the Glory of God
Think of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mary and the Apostles, under the form of tongues of fire, in fulfillment of Christ's promise.

Proclaiming the Kingdom.....Third Luminous Mystery
I Desire Repentance and Trust in God

Fourth Mystery

The Presentation.....Fourth Joyful Mystery
I Desire a Spirit of Sacrifice
Think of Mary's obedience to the law of God in presenting the Child Jesus in the Temple

Carrying of the Cross.....Fourth Sorrowful Mystery
I Desire the Virtue of Patience

The Assumption.....Fourth Glorious Mystery
I Desire the Grace of a Holy Death
Think of the glorious Assumption of Mary into Heaven, when she was united with her Divine Son

The Transfiguration.....Fourth Luminous Mystery
I Desire Holiness

Fifth Mystery

Finding In The Temple.....Fifth Joyful Mystery
I Desire Zeal for the Glory of God
Think of the deep sorrow with which Mary sought the Child Jesus for three days, and the joy with which she found Him in the midst of the Teachers in the Temple.

The Crucifixion.....Fifth Sorrowful Mystery
I Desire the Grace of Final Perseverance
Think of the love which filled Christ's Sacred Heart during His three hours' agony on the Cross, and ask Him to be with you at the hour of death.

Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.....Fifth Glorious Mystery
I Desire a Greater Love for the Blessed Virgin Mary
Think of the glorious crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven by her Divine Son, to the great joy of all the Saints.

Institution of the Eucharist......Fifth Luminous Mystery
I Desire to love others as Jesus loves us.

Prayers of the Holy Rosary

The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Prayer Before the Rosary
Queen of the Holy Rosary, you have deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three shepherd children the treasures of grace hidden in the Rosary. Inspire my heart with a sincere love of this devotion, in order that by meditating on the Mysteries of our Redemption which are recalled in it, I may be enriched with its fruits and obtain peace for the world, the conversion of sinners and of Russia, and the favor which I ask of you in this Rosary. (Here mention your request.) I ask it for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of souls, especially for my own. Amen.

The Apostles' Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen

The Our Father
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name: Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread: and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation: but deliver us from evil. Amen.

The Hail Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Glory Be to the Father
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Fatima Prayer
"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy".
(Our Lady at Fatima, 13th July 1917)

Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears. Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Prayer After the Rosary
O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life; grant, we beseech Thee, that, meditating on these mysteries of the Most Holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

May the divine assistance remain always with us. Amen.

And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Fifteen Promises by the Blessed Virgin

15 Promises Made by the Blessed Virgin to St. Dominic and Blessed Alanus
  1. To all those who recite my Rosary devoutly, I promise my special protection and very great graces.
  2. Those who will persevere in the recitation of my Rosary shall receive some signal grace.
  3. The Rosary shall be a very powerful armor against hell; it shall destroy vice, deliver from sin, and shall dispel heresy.
  4. The Rosary shall make virtue and good works flourish, and shall obtain for souls the most abundant divine mercies; it shall substitute in hearts love of God for love of the world, elevate them to desire heavenly and eternal goods. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means!
  5. Those who trust themselves to me through the Rosary, shall not perish.
  6. Those who will recite my Rosary piously, considering its Mysteries, shall not be overwhelmed by misfortune nor die a bad death. The sinner shall be converted; the just shall grow in grace and become worthy of eternal life.
  7. Those truly devoted to my Rosary shall not die without the consolations of the Church, or without grace.
  8. Those who will recite my Rosary shall find during their life and at their death the light of God, the fullness of His grace, and shall share in the merits of the blessed.
  9. I will deliver very promptly from purgatory the the souls devoted to my Rosary.
  10. The true children of my Rosary shall enjoy great glory in heaven.
  11. What you ask through my Rosary, you shall obtain.
  12. Those who propagate my Rosary shall obtain through me aid in all their necessities.
  13. I have obtained from my son that all the confreres of the Rosary shall have for their brethren in life and death the saints of heaven.
  14. Those who recite my Rosary faithfully are all my beloved children, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.
  15. Devotion to my Rosary is a special sign of predestination.

Rosary Indulgences

A plenary indulgences is granted, if the Rosary is recited in a church or public oratory or in a family group, a religious Community or pious Association: a partial indulgence is granted in other circumstances.

The gaining of the plenary indulgence is regulated by the following norms:
  1. The recitation of a third part only of the Rosary suffices; but the five decades must be recited continuously.
  2. The vocal recitation must be accompanied by pious meditation on the mysteries.
  3. In public recitation the mysteries must be announced in the manner customary in the place; for private recitation, however, it suffices if the recitation is accompanied by meditation on the mysteries.

Rosary Novenas

Religious devotion, public or private, for the duration of nine days to gain special graces, is call a Novena. Those who perform it with a lively hope of having their request granted, and with perfect resignation should it be refused, may be assured that Christ will grant some grace or blessing, though in His infinite wisdom and mercy He may refuse the particular favor which they implore.

Novenas originated in imitation of the Apostles who were gathered together in prayer for nine days from the time of Our Lord’s Ascension to Pentecost Sunday. However, care must be taken lest the power of any Novena be limited to the number nine rather than perseverance in fervent prayer.

The practice of saying the Rosary nine times in the form of a Rosary Novena in petition or thanksgiving is another way of heeding Our Lady of Fatima’s admonition to Pray the Rosary.

The 54 Day Novena Devotion which originated in 1884 at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompei, consists of the daily recitation of five decades of the Rosary for twenty-seven days in petition and five decades for twenty-seven additional days in thanksgiving. In reality you will be making three Novenas in petition for a particular favor and three Novenas in thanksgiving for a particular favor.

  • 1st day..... say 5 Joyful Mysteries.
  • 2nd day..... say the 5 Sorrowful Mysteries.
  • 3rd day..... say the 5 Glorious Mysteries.
  • 4th day..... begin again the 5 Joyful Mysteries, etc.
  • The First Five Saturdays

    Mary’s Great Promise at Fatima
    The Five First Saturdays are intended to honor and to make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for all the blasphemies and ingratitude of men.

    This devotion and the wonderful promises connected with it were revealed by the Blessed Virgin at Fatima, Portugal with these words recorded by Lucy, one of the three children to whom Our Lady appeared in 1917. Lucy tells us that she said: “I promise to help at the hour of death, with the graces needed for salvation, whoever on the First Saturday of five consecutive months shall:
    1. Confess and receive Communion
    2. Recite five decades of the Rosary
    3. And keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me”
    Note: Confession during the week, preceding the first Friday, will suffice for the first Saturday, or conversely when Saturday is the first day of the month. The Rosary may be recited at any convenient time of the day, and the fifteen-minute meditation may be made at any time during the day on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary. A sermon for the occasion may be substituted for the meditation.

    The Memorare

    An indulgence of 3 years. A plenary indulgence under certain conditions, if said daily for a month.
    Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Relying on this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

    Prayer to the immaculate conception

    O Holy Mary, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, Queen of Heaven and Mistress of the World, you never forsake or despise anyone; look upon us with an eye of pity, and beg of your beloved Son the pardon of all our sins; that we who now devoutly celebrate your Immaculate Conception may receive the reward of eternal joy through the mercy of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Whom you, pure Virgin, did bring into the world, and Who, with the Father and the Holy Spirit in perfect Trinity, lives and reigns, one God, world without end. Amen.



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